Drugs such as Paxil and Zoloft are being used as a treatment for depression, but many of these drugs are actually harmful, a report has found.
The report, titled ‘The Case for Antidepressants’, found that people who are prescribed antidepressants can have a worse life-style than those who don’t take the drugs.
A large study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that antidepressants can increase the risk of a person suffering from depression, anxiety and suicide.
‘The data suggests that antidepressant use can lead to the development of depression and other mental health problems, but there is no evidence that these problems are the result of antidepressants itself,’ the report said.
However, it also noted that the risks associated with antidepressant use were much lower than for many other prescription drugs.’
There is not a clear relationship between the amount of antidepressants used and the risk that the person will develop depression or other mental illnesses,’ the researchers said.’
People who have been prescribed antidepressants are less likely to suffer from depression than people who have not.’
Antidepressants do not necessarily prevent depression, and people who take antidepressants are at much higher risk of developing depression than those without the drugs.’
The researchers said the study also highlighted the fact that people should not just ‘switch off’ antidepressants.’
They should take them when they feel like it, but they should not do so until they feel confident enough to do so.’
It is crucial that we take antidepressants for their supposed beneficial properties, but it is important that people are given enough information about the risks and benefits of antidepressants,’ they said.
A large review of more than 400 studies into antidepressants published last year found that ‘serious side effects, including depression, psychosis and suicidal ideation’, were common among those taking antidepressants.